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Burnley vs Stoke City: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Martyn Cooke



Burnley and Stoke City have an opportunity to bounce back from the defeats suffered at the weekend when the two sides meet at Turf Moor on Tuesday evening.

The Clarets suffered a rare defeat on home soil against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Son Heung-min which left Sean Dyche’s team just three points clear of the relegation zone. Burnley have failed to win any of their previous seven Premier League fixtures and will be looking nervously over their shoulders should they fail to secure a positive result on Tuesday.

The Stoke City squad appeared to have their minds firmly on the beach when they visited the King Power Stadium at the weekend. The Potters produced a lacklustre display against Leicester City, producing just one shot on target through the entirety of the match, and were easily dispatched by the rejuvenated reigning champions of England. Mark Hughes has guided The Potters to a ninth-place finish in each of his previous three seasons in North Staffordshire and he looks set to achieve a similar feat this campaign with his team positioned in the relative safety of mid-table this campaign.

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Current Form

Burnley are currently in a poor run of form that has seen them gradually slide towards the relegation zone despite making a promising start to the season and having spent much of the campaign located in the top half of the table. However, The Clarets have faded badly since the end of January and have failed to win any of their previous eight fixtures in all competitions. Sean Dyche has turned Turf Moor into something of a fortress since his arrival and this campaign Burnley have picked up 29 of their 32 points in the Premier League on home soil – winning nine of their 15 league contests – so supporters will be hopeful of a positive a positive result on Tuesday.

Stoke City are consistently inconsistent in the Premier League this season and have a tendency to be quite unpredictable – in their previous 10 outings The Potters have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 4. Mark Hughes’ side have struggled for goals away from the Bet365 Stadium and have failed to score in any of their last four away fixtures, the last of which came in a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in mid-January. However, Stoke have suffered just one defeat on their travels against newly promoted sides in 11 contests since Hughes was appointed in the summer of 2013.

Team News

Burnley will be without the duo of Dean Marney and Johann Gudmundsson for the visit of Stoke City with the midfield pair both recovering from knee injuries. The only other absentee is central defender Kevin Long who has missed the vast majority of the campaign since the turn of the year with a severe knee issue. Sean Dyche may look to shuffle his squad as he attempts to correct The Clarets’ current poor run of form. Steven Defour and Robbie Brady could be recalled to the starting line-up to add an extra element of creativity whilst Sam Vokes could be in contention to replace Ashley Barnes up front.

Mark Hughes has a host of injury concerns to contend with as he prepares his side to travel to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening. Jonathan Walters limped out of the defeat against Leicester at the weekend and the man who replaced him, Peter Crouch, has also picked up a knee issue. Both players are likely to miss the contest against Burnley meaning that Mame Biram Diouf may be in line for a rare start up front alongside Saido Berahino. Geoff Cameron and Xherdan Shaqiri sat out of the game at the King Power Stadium and are unlikely to feature whilst Jack Butland and Stephen Ireland are both long-term absentees. Phil Bardsley is available after serving a one-match suspension.

Predicted Line-Ups


Verdict: Burnley 0-0 Stoke City

Neither side come into this contest in the greatest of form with Burnley in particular in desperate need of a positive result to halt their slide towards the relegation zone. The Clarets have a fantastic record at Turf Moor but Stoke City have lost just one of their 11 away fixtures against newly promoted sides since the arrival of Mark Hughes in the summer of 2013. Both teams are struggling in the final third, so do not be surprised if this one ends as a dull goalless draw.

Martyn is currently a PTA and Research Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). In addition to his teaching role he is also undertaking a PhD in Sports History that is exploring the origins and development of football in Staffordshire. Prior to working at MMU, Martyn spent a decade operating in the sport and leisure industry in a variety of roles including as a Sports Development Officers, PE Teacher, Football Coach and Operation Manager.


Sold by Everton in January, Aaron Lennon is enjoying resurgence with Burnley

The 31-year-old has quickly adjusted to life at Turf Moor.



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In Thursday night’s tightly-fought Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea, the Clarets came within touching distance of eclipsing Arsenal in sixth position.

It has been a remarkable charge up the table for Burnley, and their stunning season is mirrored by the transfer of Aaron Lennon from Everton to Turf Moor.

The 31-year-old winger left Goodison Park in search of regular playing time, and has since slotted into a squad far more ambitious than Everton.

When Lennon was bought by the Clarets in late January, Burnley were just three points ahead of the Toffees. But after Thursday’s match against Chelsea, Burnley now sit in seventh position, a massive ten points in front of Everton.

It is clear that Lennon made the smart move in the winter when leaving struggling Everton for buoyant Burnley.

The ten-point gap between the two sides is due mainly to a superb five-match winning run engineered by Burnley. Lennon had started all five of those matches, contributing two assists along the way along with a host of bright, attacking displays.

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Cruelly for the Merseyside club, Burnley’s scintillating spell was kickstarted by a 2-1 win over Everton, in which Lennon played all 90 minutes and earned an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.3.

To make matters worse for Everton, Lennon’s match rating eclipsed both Theo Walcott’s and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s, both players who were preferred in front of the 31-year-old at Goodison Park.

Although Burnley’s fine spell was narrowly ended by Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat, the club still harbours an outside chance at an audacious sixth-place finish. Burnley faces three sides in the bottom half of the table in the form of Bournemouth, Brighton, and Stoke City, as well as a massive match at the Emirates to face Arsenal.

With Arsenal enduring a terrible run of form in 2018, Burnley will fancy their chances away at the Gunners, and former Everton winger Aaron Lennon will surely be at the heart of their lethal attack.

If Lennon can achieve a record-sixth placed finish with the Clarets, he will show the Everton hierarchy just how wrong they were in letting him leave in January.

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Steven Defour wanted by Premier League clubs, David Moyes and West Ham makes sense

The West Ham boss tried to sign Defour whilst Everton manager in 2009.



It looks as though Burnley might have a job on keeping hold of their Belgian midfielder Steven Defour this summer. His agent has confirmed this week that there is interest in the player from other teams in the Premier League, as reported by the Burnley Express.

Reports in Belgium have echoed these sentiments. Het Laatste Nieuws report that two mid-table English clubs are chasing the Burnley star this summer.

So who could it be?

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: West Ham United manager David Moyes gestures during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Plenty of teams in the past have been linked with a move for Defour. The Belgium international was once considered one of Europe’s top talents. However, the time teams such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were interested in the 29-year-old has passed.

But one man who has wanted Defour previously is West Ham manager David Moyes. The Scotsman was in charge at Everton in 2009 when the Toffees tried to sign Defour. As reported by the Telegraph Moyes had decided Defour was the man he wanted to improve Everton’s midfield. A bid of £9 million was lodged but the Merseyside club would not meet Defour’s then-club Standard Liege’s £12 million valuation. The Guardian later reported that Standard would only sell the player ii they failed to qualify for the Champions League that season. They did qualify and Defour remained for two more seasons before joining Porto.

Defour has now established himself in Premier League football. He was in great form this season before knee cartilage surgery in February cut his campaign short.

Standard’s Steven Defour (L) and Gent’s Milos Maric (R) fight for the ball during the Belgian first league football match AA Gent vs Standard, on May 16, 2009 in Gent, last day of the Jupiler Pro League Belgian football championship. Standard wins 0-1. Anderlecht and Standard will play a test match to appoint the winner of the championship. AFP PHOTO/ BELGA / BENOIT DOPPAGNE (Photo credit should read BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham need central midfield reinforcements. It is one area of the field that they are currently short and Moyes would surely jump at the chance to finally work with Defour.

Whilst the league table suggests Burnley is the place to stay, Defour would certainly struggle to reject a move to West Ham. The chance to play in London and try turnaround the fortunes for the Hammers will undoubtedly appeal to the 52-cap Belgian.

If Premier League clubs are keen on Defour, it will be no surprise if one of them is West Ham this summer. Moyes might finally get his hands on his man.

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Tottenham Hotspur star Georges-Kevin N’Koudou must now take Burnley chance

The £11m winger is currently on loan at Burnley.



It was one of the longest and most drawn out transfers of the 2016 summer transfer window. Finally, on the 31st August that year, Tottenham managed to secure the signature of Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou on a five-year deal.

ESPN reported that Spurs spent around £11 million on the winger, with Clinton N’Jie also heading the opposite direction on loan.

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Kazaiah Sterling (L) and Tottenham Hotspur’s French midfielder Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (R) embrace on the pitch after the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel Nicosia at Wembley Stadium in London, on December 6, 2017. Tottenham won the game 3-0. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

The deal was first put together much earlier in the summer but the two clubs struggled to agree on the specifics. It left N’Koudou in limbo and out of sync when he finally did arrive at Spurs.

But simply put, this deal has not been a success. N’Koudou has played just 23 times for Spurs in the 18 months he had with the club before being loaned out in January. The 23-year-old headed to Burnley until the end of the season, as Sean Dyche looked to freshen up his wide options.

However, the move to Burnley has been a slow burn so far as well. Finally, he got his chance against West Brom at the weekend. With Johann Berg Gudmundsson sidelined with a calf injury N’Koudou was handed his first start by Dyche. It was in fact, his first start in the Premier League with either Spurs or Burnley.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Burnley player Georges-Kevin N’Koudou reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on January 31, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It was a big chance for the talented attacker and he performed well in the game. Whilst not upping any roots he will have surely demonstrated to the Burnley boss he can be relied upon.

What N’Koudou needs now is a run of games in the first-team. His future at Tottenham is currently looking bleak, with such minimal first-team action and the club improving their wide options all the time.

What is needed is a good run of form at Burnley to show Mauricio Pochettino and co that he can hack it in the Premier League.

But if the West Brom start proves to be a flash in the pan, expect to see N’Koudou on his way out of Spurs in the summer.

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